Lollipops - Life, Love and Laughter
Yvonne Thompson

I opened Lollipops in August 1988 originally as a hobby; I already had experience of running a variety of businesses and wanted my next venture to allow me to have good quality time with my grandchildren.

Opening a nursery seemed the perfect opportunity.  Over the years I have seen my family grow to four Grandchildren and I’m now a Great Nan of 8 beautiful children.

Opening Lollipops started me on a fantastic journey of fun, discovery and learning.

My family are the core of everything I do and my children have been a great support over the years, as Lollipops grew more established they took on a variety of roles to make the nursery successful.

Lollipops offers a support network to children and their families, we offer an environment that is fun, happy and nurturing with a motivated, skilful, knowledgeable team that have a passion for lifelong learning 

Senior Manager
Lisa Thompson
BA Early Years
Forest School Leader

I joined Lollipops originally just to help support my mum’s new business establish whilst I looked for a shop to open a beauty salon.  As time went by I grew to love working with the children so I decided to stay. Children really are infectious, there’s something about a child’s intoxicating laugh!
As years went on I gained many childcare qualifications, Lollipops grew to two nurseries, a breakfast / after school and holiday club.  Over the years I have had some fantastic trips and adventures with the holiday club and was sad to see it go. Within my years here I have become a mother and have two wonderful children both of which have come to work with me and both have enjoyed the benefits of nursery.  Being a mum brings many challenges of which have made me a stronger practitioner. As a vegan and animal lover and a lifelong love of the natural world I have always valued the importance of children’s learning in the outdoors.  I went on to train as a Forest school Practitioner, forest school was enlightening, and it echoed all my values.  I finally found an ethos that had a child centred approach with the ever changing moods and marvels, and challenges of the natural world. At Lollipops we have a large on site Forest school and mud kitchen so our children get to enjoy the inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland / natural environment. We have now downscaled Lollipops to one nursery, making the decision to dedicate all of our attention to creating one early years setting of excellence. We have an incredibly skilful, knowledgeable and nurturing team whom I am very proud of and who continually strive to improve and raise the standards.  Lollipops offer children and families a home from home environment with an amazing outdoor space giving children endless possibilities in play. I look forward to the future of Lollipops and our amazing team.

Angela Eade
BA Early Years
Forest School Leader

I joined Lollipops when it first opened having gained my NNEB qualification in childcare.  I quickly learnt family values were the essence of Lollipops.  I hadn’t just joined a nursery; I was welcomed into the “Lollipops family” like everyone who comes through our doors. Over the years I have continued to gain further qualifications to keep my knowledge and training up to date from Forest school Leader to my most proudest achievement a Bachelor of Arts in Early Years.  Forest school has totally changed my approach to outdoor learning ‘I now love mud’!!  My BA had a huge impact; it challenged me as a Manager.  I learnt how to be a leader, giving me leadership skills enabling me to empower my team and enthuse them to all have a passion for the outdoors and a love of learning. During my time at Lollipops I became a mum and now have two amazing boys.  Motherhood was a huge learning curve, it also changed my perspective and as a manager I now have two perspectives a manager and a mother.  Both my children came to Lollipops and have fond memories of their time with our amazing dedicated team. Over the years I have cared for many children and their families.  I have had the privilege of caring for 2 and 3 generations of families.  It has been a pleasure to be part of many children’s lives that we have cared for and I hope they look back at their journey at Lollipops with happy, fun memories of their early years with us as I do. I believe children only get one childhood and it should be full of fun, exploration, and discovery and learning with a little bit of magic.

Baby Unit

Lauren Alwright
Lead practitioner

I joined Lollipops in 2012 embarking on my level 2 qualification working on the nursery floor.  I continued to progress with my training and went onto gain a level 3 in early years.  Whilst I worked on the nursery floor I gained experience and knowledge of special educational needs and disabilities and how to meet a variety of children’s needs.  I have worked in partnership with a variety of professionals and have been able to advice and support children and their families.

I was promoted to baby unit deputy and joined the team caring for our babies.  At first it was a challenge!  I love working with the babies and have now become the baby unit Lead Practitioner.

I am passionate about giving children a loving, nurturing and safe place to grow.

Lucy Burke

Lollipops have supported me to blossom as a practitioner.  I have grown in confidence, ability, skill and knowledge since I first joined Lollipops in 2016.  In the short time I have been here I have become qualified and become Baby unit deputy.  I work with a fantastic team caring for your little ones.  I have always wanted to work with children; I get to be part of children’s milestones.  It’s a great feeling watching their first steps or hearing their first words.

Paige Andrews 

Before I joined Lollipops I worked as a carer for children with special needs.  Since joining Lollipops I have been able to continue with my love of working with children.  I am now qualified.  I enjoy supporting and meeting the needs of my key children.  Working in the baby unit gives me the opportunity to be part of an amazing team helping children achieve.

Aimee Bearchell 
Apprentice Practitioner

Having helped look after my younger siblings I decided I wanted to work with children.  I joined Lollipops and began my apprenticeship in early Years.  In the short time I have been at Lollipops I have been welcomed into the nursery team.  I work with sensitive, nurturing skilful and knowledgeable practitioners who find fun and exciting ways to support children’s learning.

I aspire to become like them as I progress with my training.

Lollipops is a great fun place for children to learn.  Every child is truly valued.

Nursery Floor

Ashlea Thompson
Early Years Practitioner

I initially began working with children through the guides as a leader.  Children have an amazing energy, sense of adventure and curiosity for the world in which we live.  Lollipops gave me the opportunity to become qualified and valued me enough to help me succeed.

I find working with children so rewarding.  Being part of the nursery team I have learnt how to support children on their pathway of learning and achieving.

Elisha Hole 

I love working in the baby unit, no two days are the same.  I get to play, paint, and splash in puddles, sing and dance everyday with your little ones – life is good.  During my time at Lollipops I have gained my level 2 & 3 in childcare and grown as a practitioner.  As a baby unit practitioner I get to work within an awesome team watching children develop into competent active learners.

Rianne McRae
Apprentice Practitioner

I have recently joined Lollipops working with the nursery team and I am looking forward to starting my apprenticeship Level 2 in Early Years.
I currently do voluntary work with adults who have special educational needs one evening a week, this work and my work experience during my health and social care course steered me towards a carer in Early years.
I look forward to getting to know all the children and their families at Lollipops.

Lollipops Nursery has truly gone above and beyond my expectations. The level of support, care and help my family has received has literally moved me to tears. Not only is my son well cared for at the nursery, he is loved. That is something money just can't buy. Children are happy here. The garden is awesome, the forest school and mud kitchen are just fab. Staff are superb. My son has special medical needs, we have been rejected for that reason at another nursery. It's easy to suffer from the consequences of being different and "inclusive" is often a word more spoken and less acted on.
Lollipops has welcomed us with open arms and not just taken us on but arranged it so that my son feels like everyone else. He has developed so well not even the educational psychologist could pick him out from the crowd. That is a massive achievement. But most importantly he's happy going to Lollipops, we are happy to have him there. If you're looking for the best place for your child to thrive whilst you do your thing, look no further. This is it.

Evelyne Brink

Executive Coach (I.e. Channel 4)
Author "it takes Guts"
Passionate Mother

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